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The Danube River Basin

  • Igor Liska
  • Enables the reader to explore the links between the biology, chemistry and hydromorphology of a large river

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of our current understanding of the Danube water quality

  • Written by reputed experts in their fields


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mihaela Popovici
    Pages 23-38
  3. Carmen Hamchevici, Ion Udrea
    Pages 39-59
  4. Gunther Umlauf, Eugen H. Christoph, Tania Huber, Giulio Mariani, Anne Müller, Helle Skejo et al.
    Pages 133-195
  5. Vesna Micić, Thilo Hofmann
    Pages 197-215
  6. Florian R. Storck, Frank Sacher, Heinz-Jürgen Brauch
    Pages 251-270
  7. Franz Josef Maringer, Claudia Seidel, Andreas Baumgartner, Michael Stietka
    Pages 271-284
  8. Wolfram Graf, Patrick Leitner, Florian Pletterbauer
    Pages 287-315
  9. Jarmila Makovinska, Dasa Hlubikova
    Pages 317-340
  10. Georg A. Janauer, Brigitte Schmidt, Udo Schmidt-Mumm
    Pages 341-358
  11. Vladimír Kováč
    Pages 359-388
  12. Momir Paunović, Béla Csányi, Predrag Simonović, Katarina Zorić
    Pages 389-409

About this book


This volume offers a comprehensive review of the chemical, biological and hydromorphological quality of the Danube. The first part examines the chemical pollution of surface waters, focusing on organic compounds (with special emphasis given to EU WFD priority substances and Danube River Basin specific pollutants), heavy metals and nutrients. Attention is also given to pollution of groundwater and drinking water resources by hazardous substances and to radioactivity in the Danube. The second part highlights the biology and hydromorphology of the Danube. It focuses on benthic macroinvertebrates, phytobenthos, macrophytes, fish, phytoplankton as well as microbiology, with chapters dedicated to gaps and uncertainties in the ecological status assessment and to invasive alien species. Further chapters dealing with the hydromorphology, sediment management and isotope hydrology complete the overall picture of the status of the Danube.


Benthic macroinvertebrates Danube water quality model Drinking water resources EU WFD priority substances Groundwater pollution Heavy metals Hydromorphology Isotope hydrology Macrophytes Phytobenthos Phytoplankton Sediment management Water pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Igor Liska
    • 1
  1. 1.International Commission for the Protection of the Danube RiverVienna International CentreViennaAustria

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“This book contains a review of the chemical, biological and hydro-morphological quality elements of the Danube River by several authors. … This is also perfect book for scientist, managers, stakeholders who are interested in water quality of Danube River Basin.” (I. Grigorszky, Acta Botanica Hungarica, Vol. 58 (3-4), 2016)